Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer. He was discovered by American record executive Scooter Braun and signed with RBMG Records in 2008, gaining recognition with the release of his debut seven-track EP My World (2009) and soon establishing himself as a teen idol.
Bieber achieved commercial success with his teen pop-driven debut studio album, My World 2.0 (2010), which debuted atop the US Billboard 200, making him the youngest solo male act to top the chart in 47 years.
The album also contained the internationally successful single “Baby”, which became one of the highest certified singles of all time in the US.
His second studio album, Under the Mistletoe (2011), became the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at number one in the US.
His third studio album, Believe (2012), saw him experiment with dance-pop. In 2013, Bieber became the first and youngest act in history to have five US number-one albums at the age of 18.
Following Believe, Bieber was involved in various controversies and legal issues between 2013 and 2014, which had a drastic impact on his public image.
Bieber’s fourth studio album, Purpose, was released in 2015. It was preceded by “Where Are Ü Now”, a collaboration with Jack Ü, which saw Bieber explore EDM, and win the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Recording.
Purpose embodied a multi-genre production and produced three US number-one singles: “Love Yourself”, “Sorry”, and “What Do You Mean?”.
He became the first artist in history to occupy the entire top three of the UK Singles Chart, as the singles charted at positions 1, 2 and 3 simultaneously.
Bieber diversified on numerous collaborations between 2016 and 2017 including DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One”, which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. A week later, he released his remix to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito”, claiming his subsequent chart-topper.
It tied the then-record for most weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100 and made Bieber the first artist in history to chart new number-one singles in consecutive weeks.
He won his career-first Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Fusion/Performance for “Despacito”.
Billboard ranked “Despacito” at number one on the Greatest of All Time Hot Latin Songs Chart. In 2019, he released a country collaboration with Dan + Shay, “10,000 Hours”, for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
In 2020, Bieber released his R&B-led fifth studio album, Changes, which debuted at number one in both the UK and US, and received critical acclaim for his vocal progression.
His collaboration with Ariana Grande, “Stuck with U”, debuted atop the US Billboard Hot 100.
Bieber returned to his pop roots on his sixth studio album, Justice (2021), which debuted atop the US Billboard 200, making him the youngest soloist to have eight US number-one albums, a record held previously by Elvis Presley since 1965.
It produced the number-one single “Peaches” and became a commercial success. In July 2021, Bieber released a collaboration with the Kid Laroi, “Stay”, which became his eighth number-one single in the US.
Bieber is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of over 150 million records worldwide. He is credited with three Diamond certifications from the RIAA for “Baby”, “Sorry” and “Despacito”.
He has received numerous accolades, including two Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, two Brit Awards, one Bambi Award, 21 Billboard Music Awards, 18 American Music Awards, a record 21 MTV Europe Music Awards (the most wins for any artist in history), six MTV Video Music Awards, 23 Teen Choice Awards (the most wins for a male individual), and 32 Guinness World Records.
Time named Bieber one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2011, and he was included on Forbes’ list of the top ten most powerful celebrities in 2011, 2012, and 2013.